Crime Stoppers June 9: Higher reward offered for tips leading to arrest in 2011 murder

Victim: Corey Dewayne Dawson

A higher-than-usual reward is now being offered in a 2011 murder case, and Birmingham detectives hope your tips will catch the killer.{}Corey Dewayne Dawson was shot and killed May 23, 2011, along Goldwire Street, and detectives will listen to whatever you've heard about who killed him.

From Police Chief A.C. Roper:

"What appeared to be a car accident turned out to be a homicide and a robbery.{} It started near the corner of Goldwire Street and 1st Street Southwest.{} On the night of May 23, 2011, officers were called to a Mercury Sable that had crashed into a tree.

When they saw Corey Dawson in the car, they saw that he had been shot in the abdomen.{} Paramedics rushed him to UAB Hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

According to several witnesses, Mr. Dawson and a friend were sitting in the car talking to another man who was standing outside the driver's door.{} The witnesses said the man outside the car pulled a gun and shot Mr. Dawson.{} The victim's friend, who was sitting in the car, tried to run away, but he was chased down and robbed by the killer.

The killer was described as slender -- with dreads or plats just below his ears.{} He was wearing a red and white plaid button-up shirt with a large red stripe along the bottom and dark, baggy pants.

Corey Dawson can't speak for himself.{} It's up to you to help us get justice for him.

You can call Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777.{} We will not take your name.{} Crime Stoppers cannot call you to court.{} And we'll give you a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.

With Crime Stoppers, I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper."

**In addition to telephone tips, you can text a tip by texting the code 7777, along with your tip, to the word CRIMES.{} Or, you can submit an encrypted tip by going to and clicking on the "submit an online tip" link.

No matter which method you choose, you will remain anonymous.{} Crime Stoppers will give you a private code number, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you can use the code number to claim a cash reward.{} Even then, you will not have to give your name -- only the code number.

Crime Stoppers cannot call its tipsters to testify in court, which helps keep you anonymous.

Crime Stoppers is a partnership between local law enforcement, the Birmingham Business Alliance and ABC 33/40.{} Together, our goal is to make our community a safer place to live and work.